12 Must-Have Items for Your Next Canadian Road Trip
Hit the road prepared, and be sure to review this essential road trip item checklist before your next trip.
12 Canadian Road Trip Essentials
Pack your bags, buckle in and prepare for road trip season! Whether you’re making the family rounds or heading south for a little fun in the sun, chances are you’ll be heading out for at least one road trip this season. Make sure you’re prepared, and read through this checklist of road trip essentials.
1. Audio Books
Check some new-to-you audio books out of the library. Kids and adults alike can enjoy tales like The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Hobbit or Harry Potter (their easy storylines make them perfect for a driver to pay attention to as well).
There are two strategies with car food. One: you can bring along crumb-free, non-greasy and non-gooey finger foods like baby carrots, grapes, and sandwiches. Or two: pack your family’s favourite “treat” foods like chips and baked goods, as a special car reward.
3. Blankets and Pillows
Pack favourite bed pillows and blankets to soothe everyone on the journey. Whether it’s a child’s security blanket or a pillow for the passenger seat navigator, a soft cushion can make a cold car cozy.
4. Spare Keys
Don’t get locked out of the car: Always pack a duplicate set of car (and house) keys in a separate bag.
5. Sports Equipment
Bring along a Frisbee, football, or jump rope so antsy kids (and adults!) can blow off a little steam at rest stops.
6. First-Aid Kit
To treat road-trip aches, nicks, and scrapes, pack a plastic bag full of items like anti-bacterial cream, bandages, pain relievers, and motion sickness medicine.
Some friendly competition will go a long way towards warding off boredom. Some ideas: cards, travel bingo, and word games.
8. Emergency Kit
Double-check your trunk for a complete roadside emergency kit, including a flashlight and fresh batteries.
9. Paper Products
Pack paper towels, toilet paper (you never know with rest areas and gas stations!), a box of tissues, and some garbage bags. And bring more than you think you’ll need – there’s always the possibility of car sickness in addition to the normal spills and usual cleanup.
10. Wet Wipes
Bring a container of disposable wipes, or simply put some folded damp paper towels in a resealable plastic bag. You’ll use them for everything from sticky fingers to a quick refreshing mask for road-weary eyes.
11. Handheld Chargers
Make sure you bring along a travel charger for your smartphone, iPod or GPS electronic devices.
12. Spare Clothes
If you’re travelling with young children, remember that accidents happen. Bring along a change of clothing for the inevitable leaks and spills.